Event Report List
- The Niigata International Film Festival6月20日～6月21日、6月27日～7月5日
A total of 17 movies, mainly Chinese and South Korean, showed at three locations for the Niigata International Film Festival (or East Asian Film festival) as a part of the Culture City of East Asia program this year.
On the first day of the festival, films were shown free of charge and South Korean actor Kim Myeong Kon was invited for a talk show. He also participated in a signing event after the show.
On the second day, Lim Kah Wai's films were shown and he was invited onto a talk show. He discussed his opinions about film making and shared anecdotes from the shooting of the films.
During the festival, a tour bus ran near filming locations for a Japanese-South Korean movie entitled "No Boys, No Cry". Participants from all over the country joined in the tour.
- Water and Land Niigata Art Festival 20157月18日～10月12日
This was the third ‘Water and Land Niigata Art Festival.’ This time, its main stage for the exhibitions was "KATA (lagoon)," the symbol of water and soil which is the identity of Niigata. Various art-related projects as well as the exhibitons made people think about the linkage between themselves and their ancestors by visiting, learning and experiencing lagoons.
Furthermore, the art festival was the main event during the prime period of a year- long "Niigata, Culture City of East Asia 2015" to actively promote cultural exchange within the East Asian region including Japan, China and South Korea. The theme of the art festival was to draw the appeal of Niigata's unique history, culture and natural scenery, which has not been done anywhere else in the world. The total number of visitors for the festival was 775,266 during an 87 day period. Free admission might be a reason we attracted such a large number of people. It was good to see everyone enjoyed the event.
- “Aesthetics of Calligraphy in East Asia”: Events featuring a thematic exhibition, international symposium, and more.8月1日～9月9日
A series of the events whose theme was "aesthetics of calligraphy" was held. The special exhibition featured Chinese art works created from the Zhou to Qing dynasty which belong to Fujii Saiseikai Yurinkan Museum of Art. Among them, stones and metal works with engraved characters and calligraphy works by famous artists in its history especially attracted visitors because it is otherwise difficult to see these works. We succeeded in inviting famous scholars as lecturers to our international symposium. The symposium itself ended in great success as people actively participated in the discussion, and as a result it proved Niigata's reputation as "the area of flourishing calligraphy" to be true. In additon, as a related event, we ran a calligraphy exhibition exchange program among cities chosen as Culture Cities of East Asia, which displayed carved Chinese characters by Tosen Usuda and his fellow calligraphers. There were also many families who participated in a calligraphy workshop led by college students, because it was an event in which they could actively participate. Their experience was enjoyable and unforgettable. A calligraphy performance by students from the calligraphy club of Tokyo Gakkan High School also entertained people through their dynamic motions in drawing calligraphy works.
- “Culture City of East Asia 2015″: The Culture Week in Niigata8月2日～8月9日
In the atrium of NEXT21, there was an exhibition of famous cultural artifacts from two cities, Qingdao and Cheongiu, to introduce their cultures. For example, a water and ink-wash paintings from Qingdao and a reproduced "Jikji", the world's oldest metal printed text, and “Gyoo Bang Gong Ye (sewing and needle works)” from Cheongiu. Also, two cities set up exhibition booths in the event space of Niigata Festival to facilitate cultural exchange between them and local people. Artists from Qingdao showed walnut carvings and paper cutting, and practitioners from Cheongju served South Korean traditional tea and calligraphy artists performed KARI, Cheongiu style calligraphy. Moreover, entertainment groups from two cities performed acrobatics and K-Pop dance on the stage of the event space. Visiting groups of Qingdao and Cheongiu developped friendship with Niigata local people while experiencing culture of Niigata city through Dai Minyo Nagashi (folk dance by a large group of people) and fireworks viewing during Niigata festival.
- Mongolian Calligraphy Exhibition for Friendship9月12日～9月30日
For the first time in Niigata, more than 40 Mongolian Calligraphy works were exhibited. At the opening ceremony on the first day of the exhibition, with high expectations for a good relationship between two countries, Mongolia's ambassador to Japan said, "I pray that this event will be a starting point for the friendship between Niigata and Mongolia to develop further." Mongolian residents in Japan performed folk music, and Niigata locals enojoyed it while imagining the vast grassland of the country. At a tasting area, the locals enjoyed dairy products and milk tea prepared by local Mongolian residents. Participants enjoyed their simple tastes and learned how to make the products and what the ingredients were. There was a lot of positive feedback from the visitors, the following comment: "this type of event is valuable, and you should run as many events in the future as possible."
- 2015 Niigata Office Art Street9月26日～10月25日
As a one of the main projects of Niigata Culture City of East Asia 2015, art works, selected publicly or by judges, were displayed in the windows of office buildings and at other spots on Masaya-koji and Higashi-odori, which are main streets of Niigata city. This year's theme for art works was "Niigata, a Port City: the City leading to East Asia", and the works were related to Japan, China, and South Korea.
- An Exhibit of Ceramics from China and Korea -the Collections of the Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum-10月24日～12月6日
Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum owns collections of Chinese and South Korean ceramics and other masterpieces from all over the world.
This exhibition introduced 115 strictly-selected works from Chinese ceramics of 3,000 B.C. to South Korean ones of the 20th century. By doing so, we presented the appeal of cultures of the East Asian region.
At the same time, Northern Culture Museum also displayed its Chinese ceramics collection as a cooperation in buisiness with our exhibition. Visitors of one museum were eligible for a discounted admission fee for the other museum.
- Gata Fest Vol. 6 (The Sixth Niigata Anime and Manga Festival)10月24日～10月25日
The sixth annual festival of Manga and Anime, “GATAFES, Niigata Anime and Manga Festival,” was held. For the festival, content-rich and unique exhibitions were displayed which depened on the uiqueness of Niigata, a city of Manga and Anime. Also, other events were held, such as stage performances by voice actors and anison singers (anime song singer), an Itasha exhibition (cars decorated with anime characters), a Cosplay (costume play) parade, and a Manga drawing workshop. Moreover, there were many other attractions related to anime and manga: food venders of local restaurants in the Furumachi area, booths of anime and other character goods, and a stamp rally. Many visitors came from outside of Niigata prefecture and overseas, and the festival saw people from various areas and age groups enjoy the event. It was two days when you saw anime and manga everywhere in Niigata.